Black lung disease has plagued coal miners for decades. While therapies and treatments have advanced in sophistication and effectiveness, the affliction still lacks a cure. Yet, that hasn’t stopped advocates from the region from providing ongoing support to miners suffering from the disease and those fearing that they may have contracted black lung.
For coal miners wondering if they have the deadly disease, New River Health and Cabin Creek Health are partnering to provide free help in filing federal claims. The free event will take place this Friday, July 29th from 9:00 am to 4:00 pm.
A lengthy history of service.
Constructed by local coal miners, the clinics were established in the 1970s. Since that time, the facilities have provided reliable access by attending to the health needs of members of the community. They also sit on the boards of directors. A partnership with Black Lung Associations throughout the area helps to ensure continuing access to quality black lung disease testing and screening.
Minors currently working and those not working can meet with benefits counselors from throughout the state. They are free to ask questions and receive reliable and much-needed answers.
Community support is paramount. While “all hands on deck” is vital, searching for a cure remains elusive. For now, holding coal companies accountable for providing unsafe working conditions helps to provide compensation that helps to make ends meet during difficult times.